Seattle, WA, September 9, 2020 Outdoor Research, the Seattle-based manufacturer of industry leading outdoor apparel and gear, this month added Sespe Group, a sales agency representing the brand in the Southwest territory, to its team. Sespe Group and founder Chris Morrisette will represent OR in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. 

“Chris and his team bring a deep bench of knowledge in the outdoor, ski, run and climbing channels, stemming from both extensive experience as a sales team and their personal passion for the space they represent,” said Michael O’Connell, senior sales manager for Outdoor Research. “We’re excited to have them bring their knowledge and talent to representing Outdoor Research in this key territory.” 

Morrisette, based in southern California, grew up in the Southwest, He spent much of his childhood winters in Joshua Tree at his family’s cabin, being exposed to rock climbing before he could walk. In Sespe Group, he has built an agency that includes some of the premier brands in the industry, including Petzl, SCARPA and Farm to Feet. 

The Sespe Group team, also includes Field Representative Wes Jones and support representative Bekka Rosenkrantz.  Jones was born and raised in California and brings over 15 years of rock climbing experience to his role. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a retail sales rep, tech rep and climbing guide. Rosenkrantz was born and raised in the Southwest, and has climbed, mountain biked and hiked throughout the western US and abroad. She is based in the Bay Area home and has taught climbing courses, led adaptive climbing programs and helped host women’s climbing festivals. 

 Chris Morrisette, agency principal, can be reached at